Friday, June 29, 2018
When we offer Muslims the Gospel of Jesus Christ, accompanied by signs and wonders, they listen to the life-changing message with more openness than they would without those manifestations.
The Gospel that brings healing for the sick, deliverance for the demonized and oppressed, and victory in the name of Jesus often finds a heartfelt welcome. That is the Gospel Christ commissioned his disciples to preach (Matthew 10:1; Hebrews 2:4).
Lord, I pray for all Gospel workers among Muslims. May they be especially equipped and empowered by the Holy Spirit to preach the Good News and counter the works of the devil by manifestations of the gifts of the Spirit.
May your glory be revealed to many Muslims this week through miraculous acts of your mercy and grace. I pray that signs and wonders will accompany the preaching of the Word. May evil spirits be cast out in the name of Jesus before the eyes of many Muslims. May the sick be healed and the oppressed be delivered. May the Son of God be glorified.
I pray that through such miracles, Muslims will see a clear confirmation of the claims of Christ, the only Lord and Savior, and abandon their resistance to the Gospel. May they see such acts of supernatural power as an obvious proof of the authority of the Gospel. May Muslims realize that the Kingdom of God is near. May they repent and believe the Good News.
These signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons…. they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well (Mark 16:17-18, NIV).
Friday, June 22, 2018
The enemy tries to trick us and make us feel embarrassed and ashamed to witness to others about what Jesus has done in our lives. While our timid personality may be a hindrance, we can also feel uneasy if the laws of the land prohibit witnessing, or when we do not know what to say. Such shyness can be greater when we are with Muslims.
We may feel guilty, and yet choose to do nothing about it. But there are other options. The Lord God, by his grace, is able to fill us with courage, boldness, wisdom and love. People around us are hurting and need help. What we have in Jesus Christ is of eternal weight and consequence for them.
Most High God, my Father in heaven, I thank you for trusting me and empowering me to witness to Muslims. Give me an opportunity this week to speak out and tell a Muslim about Jesus. Almighty God, let me see beyond my restrictive personal concerns, whether joy or sadness, success or failure. Anoint me with the Holy Spirit to speak words that minister to people and comfort them.
Move my heart to have compassion on Muslims. Help me to love and respect them and sympathize with their dilemmas and concerns. Enable me to lead a Muslim to Jesus this week.
Help me to see the world outside of myself, to be part of what your mighty hand is doing among nations, tribes and peoples of every tongue. Make me a blessing to others. May they see in me Jesus Christ, the loving, eternal Savior.
In his precious name I pray. Amen.
Don’t be afraid! Speak out! Don’t be silent! For I am with you, and no one will attack and harm you, for many people in this city belong to me (Acts 18:9-10, NLT).
Friday, June 15, 2018
Muslims end the month-long Ramadan fast with a celebration known as Id al-Fitr, a national holiday in Muslim countries. There are parties and festivities. No more rigorous abstention from food and drink. The mood changes from somber to joyful. Family members get together. People give alms to the poor.
Yet, it is not uncommon at this time of jubilation and glee for people to feel empty and unfulfilled.
Blessed be your majesty in heaven, O God (Ezekiel 3:12). You are the True God, the only God to be worshipped and adored. You are the source of true joy and comfort; you are our hope.
I pray for these dear friends. Help them allow you to change their lives. Although they have broken the fast and are now celebrating and feasting, what they really need is Jesus, the Bread of Life. Open their hearts to receive the message of Christ. Give them a hunger and a thirst for the Word of God. Put in them the desire to know Jesus and follow him.
You promised to spread a banquet, a feast of rich food for all peoples (Isaiah 25:6). Lord, Muslims are very needy. They are hungry for you, even if they do not realize it. I pray that the love of Christ will touch their hearts. May they realize the importance of Jesus’ sacrifice at Calvary. May many of them, even today, commit their lives to you, our Lord and Savior, and find true peace, joy and rest in you. Amen.
On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him” (John 7:37-38, NIV).
Friday, June 8, 2018
The 27th day of the month of Ramadan in the Muslim calendar is called the Night of Power. It commemorates the night Muhammad reportedly received the first revelation of the Qur’an from the angel Jibril. On this special night, as Muslims celebrate this event, they feel particularly expectant. Many take time to recite the Qur’an and do special prayers. They believe that this night is better than 1000 months of worship. Some report seeing visions and dreams during this time.
Heavenly Father, your Word tells us that “in these last days [God] has spoken to us by his Son” (Hebrews 1:2). He is the One who died on Calvary to open up the way for us to come into your holy presence. Were it not for the cross, we would have no means to approach you. Thank you.
And that is why I ask you to reveal Jesus Christ to my Muslim friends. Visit them in the power of your Holy Spirit. Convict them of their sin of rejecting Christ and putting their faith in someone else. May they realize that Jesus’ claims are true, that he is Lord, Savior and Son of God. May they accept him in their lives and submit to him.
O Lord Jesus, manifest your glory to Muslims at this time when they are anticipating dreams and visions. Come to them in a supernatural way and speak to their hearts. Meet their needs and calm their fears. Reveal to them your mighty power, your compassionate love, and your forgiving grace. Change their lives. Give them hope and fill them with your Spirit.
In your precious name I pray. Amen.
When he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth (John 16:13, NIV).